Advocate for Your Mental Health and Live Your Best Life
Over the years, I have been blessed to speak to people worldwide with different business and career aspirations. One thing has been clear: as an entrepreneur, most of you are incredibly motivated to succeed personally and in business. I want to remind you that taking care of yourself is essential to living the best life possible. However, I am aware with the endless pressures of work and social media, it is too easy to overlook your mental health. In the past, I have neglected my own. I have even considered you may also feel like seeking help is a weakness that could hold you back. But nothing could be further from the truth. Advocating for your mental health is essential for living a fulfilling life devoid of anxiety and depression. In this blog, we will explore ways to prioritize your well-being, create a safety protocol for critical moments, and include a suicide prevention message to help yourself and others.
Prioritizing Your Mental Health
You must prioritize your mental health, just like you do your physical health. Self-care is a crucial element in preserving your emotional well-being. Take time out of each day for yourself; it could be meditating or taking a relaxing bath. Explore new hobbies or interests that could stimulate your mind and help you relieve stress. If you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and evaluate why. After a careful self-reflection, consider going to therapy.
Therapy is a proactive step for your mental health well-being management. Therapy does not necessarily mean that you have a problem; it merely indicates that you are taking care of yourself. ‘Talk’ therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been proven to work wonders for many people. CBT has been tremendously helpful in my journey to mental wellness. The truth is there are numerous therapies besides CBT. With the help of a professional counselor, you can discover a therapy plan that works for you. I encourage you to keep searching until you find the one suited to your unique needs.
Creating a Safety Protocol
People who suffer from depression or anxiety can have suicidal thoughts. It is essential to have an action plan in case of an emergency. If you ever have thoughts of self-harm, it is not a sign of weakness or failure. Your emotions and thoughts are not who you are or what you will become. Make a safety protocol to keep yourself secure during these moments.
Your safety plan should include several emergency contacts, such as your doctor, therapist, emergency services, and a trusted friend or family member, all with their contact numbers. Write down positive affirmations you can review during the crisis and activities you can do to motivate yourself to get through the tough times, like taking a walk in nature. Make sure these coping mechanisms work when you have suicidal thoughts, self-harm urges, or depression. To start, download a copy of the Mental Health Safety Protocol I created for myself when I developed my TAPIN Method. Use it as a reference to create your own.
Suicide Prevention Message
On the subject of self-harm, suicide remains one of the most critical issues facing the world today. If you suspect someone you know may be dealing with suicidal thoughts, encourage them to seek professional help immediately. Listen to them, ensure they feel heard, and never lecture or judge. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is there to assist anyone needing assistance at any time of the day or Night. Dial 988, Veterans, press 1, and get the support you need.
One of the best ways to help prevent suicide is by acknowledging your feelings openly and building a support system you can rely on. Speak with trusted friends or family members candidly about mental health to help yourself and others who may also be struggling. Please do not wait until you are in a crisis mood to have the conversation.
The Benefits of Being a Mental Health Advocate
It is important to recognize the benefits of advocating for mental health for yourself and others in both your daily life and business practices. By prioritizing and modeling good mental health, you show a positive example for others to follow. Cultivating healthy mentalities at work can boost productivity and morale significantly. To achieve fair workplace standards, we all must understand our roles to foster a safe environment for everyone. Simple things like being mindful that we are all unique individuals, using desired pronouns, and learning to agree to disagree without being disagreeable can go a long way to creating safe mental health environments for us all.
In conclusion, the benefits of prioritizing and advocating for your mental health far outweigh any fears or doubts you may have. Do not be fooled by the life you see others leading on social media because, often, it is not authentic. Comparing your life to others is a way to feed the insecurities you do not want to foster. Embrace that you are unique and seek to develop your mind, body, and soul, emphasizing your mental well-being. Taking the time to advocate for your mental health is the first step in living your best life. You do not have to face these challenges alone; seeking professional help, creating a safety protocol, and including suicide prevention messages in your conversations can make all the difference. I pray this serves you as you strive to advocate for your mental well-being. Remember, each day is an opportunity, and it is up to you to seize it. Live your best life now – No Opportunity Wasted!
Live Your Best Life Now: Maintaining a Grateful Mind, Body, and Soul in the “What is Your IT” Series
We all have moments when we stop and wonder, “What is my purpose?” That is where the “What is Your IT” series comes in! It is a journey of self-discovery where you take the time to identify what makes you unique and special. Everyone’s “IT” is different, and there is no right or wrong answer. But once you find it, you can use it as inspiration to live your best life now, every day.
One key ingredient to living your best life is gratitude. But how do you maintain that attitude of gratitude when life is busy and stressful? In this blog post, we will explore different ways you can cultivate a grateful mind, body, and soul. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or just someone looking to improve your life, these tips will help you stay positive and present no matter what.
Mind: Start with a daily gratitude practice
One of the best ways to cultivate a grateful mindset is to make gratitude a habit. You can start with something as simple as writing down three things you are thankful for daily. It could be anything from the sunshine to the smile of a loved one. When you focus on what you are grateful for, you train your brain to look for the good things in life. And when you do that, you create a positive loop that helps you see even more things to be grateful for.
Body: Take care of yourself
Your body is your temple, and when you take care of it, you send a message to the universe that you value yourself. That means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and moving your body regularly. Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and release endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. And when you feel good in your skin, you radiate positivity and joy.
Soul: Connect with something bigger than yourself
Having a sense of purpose is necessary for maintaining a grateful mindset. Many people find that connecting with something bigger than themselves helps them feel grounded and centered. That could be through meditation, prayer, or volunteering. When you give back to your community or practice mindfulness, you open yourself up to a bigger picture. And when you see how you fit in that picture, you realize how blessed you really are.
Mind: Surround yourself with positive influences
The people you surround yourself with significantly impact your mood and attitude. That is why it is crucial to surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you. Seek out friends and mentors who share your values and goals. And do not be afraid to let go of relationships that drag you down. Remember, you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose those people carefully.
Body: Practice self-care
Self-care is the ultimate expression of self-love. When you take time each day to do something that makes you feel good, you boost your mood and energy levels. That could be anything from taking a bath, reading a book, or going for a walk in nature. Whatever it is, ensure it is something you genuinely enjoy that nurtures your mind, body, and soul.
In the “What is Your IT” series, we have discussed your unique purpose and how to live your best life now. One important aspect of that journey is cultivating a grateful mind, body, and soul. By making gratitude a daily habit, taking care of your body, connecting with something bigger than yourself, surrounding yourself with positive influences, and practicing self-care, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities. Life is short, so why not make the most of it? Start today by focusing on what you are grateful for, and watch how your life transforms. No opportunity wasted! Join the Soulutionist Portal and learn how maintaining a grateful mind, body, and soul can transform your life and business.
Project You in the “What is Your IT” Series: The Power of Making Yourself a Priority
Are you ready to begin a transformative journey in discovering the essence of who you truly are? In this exciting series titled “Project You in the What is Your IT series,” we’ll dive deep into the secrets of living your best life as a business owner. Every entrepreneur’s unique “IT” deserves to be celebrated, and we’re here to help you do just that. We will cover everything from uncovering your true desires to closing the gap between them and reality. And it all starts with making yourself a priority. You are worthy of care, self-love, and indulgence in both your personal and business life. Let’s explore what it means to put yourself first.
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and put your needs on the back burner, especially when running a business. However, making yourself a priority is vital to your overall mental and physical well-being. Prioritizing yourself means giving yourself permission to say “no,” taking time off when needed, setting boundaries, and engaging in activities that bring you joy. Start by carving out time in your schedule to do something that makes you happy, like taking a dance or art class. I love to sew and read. These two activities bring me great joy. The more you prioritize yourself, the more your creativity and business will benefit.
Invest in yourself
Another way to prioritize yourself is to invest in yourself personally and professionally. Continuously educating yourself with books and podcasts or attending business conferences and seminars can take you to the next level in life and your career. Investing in yourself demonstrates the value you place on your dreams, aspirations, and who you are as a person. Investing in your physical health through exercise and healthy eating habits can also translate to a more confident and focused entrepreneurial mindset.
Do not delay self-prioritization
On the other hand, avoiding prioritizing yourself can lead to burnout, negatively affect your relationships with loved ones or business partners, and slow the growth of your business. My failure to prioritize myself kept me on a couch for eight years. My life improved beyond my wildest dreams when I prioritized my mind, body, and soul care. Recognizing your limitations allows you to honor your body’s and mind’s needs, ultimately leading to more productivity and success.
Feel free to ask for help. Support from a professional, trusted friend, family, or associate is essential to your success. Delegating tasks and responsibilities at home and work can help you free up time, reduce stress, and give you space to indulge in your needs and self-care practice. Asking for help is a sign of strength and wisdom, and it means you recognize the importance of investing in yourself as a person and a business owner.
Finally, Consider this
Making yourself a priority is essential to your well-being and overall success as an entrepreneur and in your personal life. It involves carving out time for activities that make you happy, investing in yourself, recognizing your limitations, and learning to delegate tasks to reduce your responsibilities. Prioritizing yourself translates to a more abundant life and business by increasing your confidence, creativity, and productivity levels while avoiding burnout. Remember, you are unique and worthy of care, attention, indulgence, and growth in all areas of your life. In the “What is Your IT” series, we’ll continue to explore more ways to unlock your unique potential and live your best life, both personally and professionally. Start today, and make yourself a priority in your journey to success. Join the Soulutionist Portal and learn how to make yourself a priority.
Do you feel like you’re living your best life now? Are you constantly chasing after something, but it always seems to slip away? It’s time to take control of your life and start chasing “IT.” We all have something we want to achieve, whether it’s personal or business-related. The first step to success is to focus on making “IT” a priority. You will be amazed at how quickly you can close the gap between your desires and reality with a clear focus. I share my Triple S Steps (Strategy, Structure, and Systems) in this article I used to grow my email list. You can pick a personal or business goal, create a strategy, and achieve the desired results.
Step 1: Pick Your Area of Focus
The first step is to pick an area of your life or business that you want to improve. It could be anything from increasing your email list to improving your sales, losing weight, or learning a new skill. The key here is to pick something important to you that aligns with your long-term goals. Once you clearly understand what you want to achieve, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Create a Strategy
The next step is to create a strategy to achieve your desired outcome. Start by asking yourself what actions you need to take to get there. Suppose you’re working on building your email list, for example. In that case, your strategy might include:
- Creating a lead magnet.
- Promoting your opt-in form on social media.
- Collaborating with other bloggers in your niche.
The key here is to create a plan that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). Be sure also to set a realistic timeline for achieving your goal.
Step 3: Implement a Structure
Once you have a strategy, it’s time to implement a structure to ensure you stay on track. Your plan might include:
- Creating a daily or weekly schedule.
- Setting reminders.
- Keep track of your progress.
If you’re working on your email list, schedule time every day to create new content, engage with your subscribers, and promote your lead magnet. Creating a structure will make you more likely to stick to your plan and achieve your desired results.
Step 4: Establish a System
The final step is establishing a system that will enable you to achieve your desired results consistently. Your system might include automating specific tasks, delegating responsibilities, or creating standard operating procedures (SOPs). Suppose you’re working on your email list. In that case, you might use an email marketing platform to automate your email campaigns, hire a virtual assistant to manage your social media or create a checklist for promoting your content. By establishing a system, you’ll be able to streamline your workflow and focus on what really matters: achieving your goals.
Use The Triple S to Chase “IT”
If you want to live your best life now, it’s time to start chasing “IT.” By picking one area of your personal or business life and prioritizing it, you can close the gap between your desires and your reality. It would help to have a clear strategy, a structured plan, and a system that supports your goals to achieve your desired results. Need help developing your own Triple S Plan? Join my group coaching community; for more information, click here: The Soulutionist Portal. Remember, the key to success is to take action consistently and never give up on your dreams. Now is the time to start living your best life – the only limit is your imagination!